Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Yesterday I was so happy
to be able to get on the golf course after a week off because of the cold. I was not so happy last night when I had some horrible cramps in my thigh.
I had walked only a little over 4 miles, but, I guess I had used some muscles that I don't use when I ride my bike or, had I overdone by using the new bike (more resistance) and the golf?
After more cramps during the night and little sleep I went looking for answers. I got the following suggestions from an article on livestrong.com/article/444129-
1. Dehydration was a possible cause. I drink my 8 glasses or more each day but maybe I let too much time pass between times yesterday?
2. Calcium and Magnesium. These two are essential for bone health. Calcium causes the muscles to contract and magnesium causes them to relax. (I take a supplement encouraged by my doctor because tracking my food shows I seldom get enough of these.) I will try to get more from my food choices. Found good sources are yogurt, cheese, milk, spinach, turnip and kale.
3. Potassium, or lack of, is the best known cause of muscle cramps. Potassium is required for proper cell functioning and muscle growth. Inadequate potassium intake results in hypokalemia. Hypokalemia causes muscles weakness and muscle cramps.
Food sources for potassium include meats, dairy products, nuts, raisins, bananas, sweet potatoes,
I have to try something for hopefully getting rid of muscles cramps forever. If anyone knows of instant cures for muscles cramps please help!